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Braces and Oral Hygiene

Millions of Americans who suffer from teeth misalignment often get braces to correct the issue. Braces usually vary between metal wires or invisible liners. To ensure the mouth stays healthy during this process, it’s very important to understand the proper way to clean the teeth while the braces are on. If not, there’s a large chance that food particles will get stuck between the wires and could lead to cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss.

What Products Should I Use?

Some of the essential products to use for daily cleaning include a small toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and floss. The toothbrush must be small enough to brush around the braces, and the bristles should be soft. A dental professional may offer suggestions on the best toothbrush brand to use for brushing with braces.

How Often Should I Clean My Teeth?

Those who have braces must brush their teeth at least five times per day for five minutes. The best way to schedule brushing is to brush once in the morning, once after each meal, and once before bed.

Why Must I Brush So Often?

Brushing five times per day will help eliminate excess plaque, which if left on the teeth for too long Braces and Oral Hygienecan create acid that attacks the outer layer. Over time, the outer layer will deteriorate and possibly lead to tooth decay. Decreasing the number of sugary foods will help prevent superfluous plaque from growing and harming the teeth. It’s also important to limit or avoid foods that can easily get stuck between the braces and teeth, which include corn on the cob, caramel, bagels, taffy, peanut brittle, hard candy, and popcorn. These foods could also break braces or make them come loose.

Is there a Proper Brushing Method?

There is a specific method to use when brushing with braces. The first step is to brush back and forth over the top of the band and bracket. The toothbrush should be aiming right at the tooth. The second step is to brush underneath the bracket in a back and forth motion. Next, it’s critical to brush the biting surfaces and the surfaces near the tongue. Lastly, the toothbrush should be used in a circular motion to brush the gums. Once finished, it’s important to rinse the mouth thoroughly to ensure all particles are removed.

San Diego General and Family Dentistry

At McBride Dental, we offer a number of dental services for those who would like to enhance their smiles and overall oral health. For individuals who are dealing with misaligned teeth, we offer a variety of braces that tailors to each individual’s needs. We also offer other preventative care services for those who already have braces and would like to keep their teeth in great shape while they undergo the straightening process.

We recommend our clients maintain their appointments so that we can perform a full evaluation to make sure their teeth are up to par. Some of our services include deep cleanings, x-rays, dental sealants, and more. If you are in the San Diego area and would like to schedule an appointment with us, call 760-471-1003 today.

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